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Laboratory Assistant 2



Competition # : 36159 

Department: Agriculture

Location: BIBLE HILL

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 8/19/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture (NSDA) manages the Animal Health Laboratory that analyzes a range of animal (herd/ flock) health diagnoses.  Services are aimed primarily at agricultural producers and industry, but are also available to private companies, other government agencies, researchers and the public.

About Our Opportunity


Working with a team of Medical Laboratory Technologists within the Department of Agriculture, you will be responsible for preparing agricultural samples for analysis while working within an ISO accredited quality management system. You will perform laboratory functions that support the work of the Medical Lab Technologists which includes preparing a large variety of samples for analysis, preparation of solutions, agars and media to support test procedures. As the Laboratory Assistant, you will be responsible for following Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) as well as cleaning the laboratory area and equipment.


The Laboratory Assistant works in a team environment with Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLT’s) to ensure high laboratory standards are achieved each day.

Primary Accountabilities


In this role, you an expect to:


  • Prepare a variety of agricultural samples for analysis using established, documented procedures while working within an ISO accredited quality management system. The nature of the work carried out by Laboratory Services serves aspects of animal health, public health, food safety and assists in the support of the agriculture economy.  
  • Follow and promote Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) at all times, while maintaining a clean and safe laboratory environment.
  • Perform regular monitoring of laboratory equipment and environment.
  • Perform basic lab testing functions.
  • Maintain storage areas and inventory control for completed samples within with laboratory.
  • Assist in inventory control for laboratory supplies throughout Analytical Laboratory.
  • Assist, as needed, in other areas including front office and post mortem.

Qualifications and Experience


To be successful within this position you will have Grade 11 plus 3 years laboratory experience or High School completion plus 2 years laboratory experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience.


As the successful candidate, you must be familiar with Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), Workplace Hazardous Material Information Systems (WHIMIS) and Occupational Health and Safety regulations. You will have a working knowledge of basic computer applications as well as the ability to prioritize and organize your workload. This position will also require you to be a team player with strong communication skills and excellent attention to detail.



Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.



Based on the employment status and Union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as  Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs. 

Working Conditions


Must be able to work in a laboratory environment that requires standing for long periods of time, lifting (<15kg) and repetitive work. Must be able to work in a working environment that may have sharp tools and equipment, dust, noise, moisture, chemicals, odor and vibrations.

Additional Information


This competition is to fill a Permanent employment opportunity based in BIBLE HILL.

What We Offer


  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.
  • Engaging workplace. Our Employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in. We have forward-thinking policies and strategies.
  • Countless career paths. 
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.


Pay Grade:  HSB 09 - HSB 09  

Salary Range:  $1,737.06 - $1,869.28 Bi-Weekly


Employment Equity Statement:

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.


This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU). If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:



 Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued. 


External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. 


Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to